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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Tuesday

Monday we reported Zach Behren's speculation that the ubiquitous anony-blogger LA City Nerd is none other than historic preservationist Ken Bernstein. In an interview with Martini Republic, Bernstein denies the accusation. Attention has once again turned to Behrens himself, a nice guy talented enough to pull it off. As far we know, the only people who know for sure are the City Nerd himself and Downtown Central City East blogger Don Garza who says he spotted the alleged individual live blogging away at the Saving LA Conference Sunday. Garza however has refused to finger the Nerd (hmmm, maybe a bad choice of words).

City Controller Laura Chick released an audit Monday that says that more than $7 million worth of false alarm fees dating back to 2003 remain uncollected by the Los Angeles Police Department. Chick has issued 51 recommendations, including the hiring a chief financial officer to oversee a reorganization of the Fiscal Operations Division.

Local grocery stores and the union that represents their workers have agreed to a three week extension of contract talks. More at Mayor Sam 2.

An unknown supporter of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama has created an anti-Hillary Clinton commercial based on Apple Computer's classic "1984" spot introducing the Macintosh. Read about it at Sam Yorty's America.

The Jewish Journal reports on last week's Persian New Year celebration at City Hall. Besides an opportunity for Zuma Dogg to meet the Mayor and snack on some most excellent free food, it was yet another photo opportuntity for Antonio Villaraigosa. However, it was recently re-elected Councilman Tony Cardenas who shows up more often in the Journal's photo gallery than the other Tony. What happened?

Photo op coming up next Friday for Mayor V: Grand opening of the LA Fashion Market. On tap are photos with many top fashion designers, most excellent free food from Tiara Cafe, a performance by Lemon Sun and the presenting to Mayor V the "key to the Fashion District."

Walter Moore blogs that in his view industrial property owners downtown should be allowed to convert their properties to residential use and that the city should encourage "mixed-use" development in this properties. I'd take that a step farther. The incredible demand for housing in Los Angeles is making it more profitable for commercial property to be converted to residential. Ultimately people who live in these properties are going to need somewhere to work, preferably close to home to help us mitigate traffic. The City needs to pursue pro-business policies so that the jobs that come to our city are not just working at the new Starbucks or Banana Republic that goes up near those homes, but good decent corporate, research, high-tech and other well paying jobs that will further stimulate the local economy.

Is there anything more self-indulgent than a blogger bitching that a car dealership required her to leave a fingerprint in order to purchase a BMW? In the world of westside myopia that is Kevin Roderick - better known as the Westside White Guy - Lorna Brown's tale of woe apparerntly merits a significant amount of digital fishwrap.

And finally, speaking of digital fishwrap, does anyone else think that LA Voice has jumped the shark since Mack Reed left? I actually miss old Mack. The "Voice" still has its eclectic mix of varied and local bloggers tossing out nuggets of information here and there, but the solid writing with the twinkle in it's eye is gone, even if he was occasionally sucking up to the WWG. Remember you can actually still read Mack at Metroblogging. (Oh and by the way I am certainly anticipating the obligatory reader comments that Mayor Sam has jumped the shark a) when we were outed, b) when Antonio was elected Mayor or c) when Zuma Dogg joined the blog. My view is those were all very good thing for the blog).


Blogger Walter Moore said:

Re mixed-use: In my platform, I actually call for "instant mixed-use" for the upper floors of any building currently used for industrial, commercial, offices or retail, PROVIDED the new tenants work within a mile of the building. This would help fight traffic by getting those people within walking distance of work. Details are at MooreIsBetter.com.

March 20, 2007 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want to know why Laura Chick hasn't audited DWP or gang programs? Why didn't she do this LAPD audit years ago? The Police Commission headed by none other then the anti-LAPD man himself John Mack are the ones who aren't collecting the false alarm fees.

Zuma throw this back in Bitter Bernie face when those special event waivers come up. This is his quote on the Chick LAPD audit.

"There are no lumps of money that are sitting around unused," he said. "It's going to be a very tight budget this year

March 20, 2007 7:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Walter stop running for Mayor on the blogs and get out and talk to the people. You need to build a movement. Don't make the mistake other independent candidates have made of believing your own press. Candidates who win are making phone calls and visiting organizations and people every day.

March 20, 2007 8:30 AM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

What I've discovered by running for office is that EVERYONE is an expert on campaign management. It's truly remarkable. Everyone also assumes he knows everything about your campaign without actually having any basis in fact for same. But thank you for the advice just the same.

March 20, 2007 11:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Archie love you but Laura hasn't come out of the closet and I don't think plays on our team. Wonder what she will find if she audited all the council member's offices? She won't audit the depts. she knows are hiding political campaign money. DWP is the first she should go after cause they give millions that is transferred to general fund.

March 20, 2007 11:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is some more free, unsolicited advice Walter.

Grow up. Stop being so defensive. Be above the fray.

Are you serious about running or is this a Zuma Dogg act?

March 20, 2007 1:51 PM  

Blogger Karmel Melamed said:

I was the reporter from the L.A. Jewish Journal who covered the Norooz event at City Hall. I also took all the photos for the Journal. The reason why Tony Cardenas appears in more of the photos is because he is and has been one of the most active in getting Norooz recongized officially within the City.

As a journalist who has been covering the Persian American community for the last 7 years, I know the real story. According to my interviews with various local Persian American leaders, five or six years ago when local Persian leaders approached Mayor Hahn and other L.A. City Councilmembers to recognize Norooz and honor the local Persian community, they rejected it. But in 2004 when Persian leaders approached Tony Cardenas to help them recongize Norooz, he warmly embraced the local Persian community with a heartfelt desire to give them the respect they deserved for Norooz! Mr. Cardenas was the one who stood up proudly and publicly acknowledged the contributions of the Persian American community in L.A. when no one else had the guts.

Mayor Antonio has also been a great friend to the Persian American community and did show up to the Norooz event at City Hall despite his busy schedule. The Mayor deserves applause for that. However Mr. Cardenas deserves greater coverage and MORE props because he's the main reason why the whole Norooz event recongition even occured.

What Zuma Dogg should be asking is why Councilmember Jack Wiess, who has the most Persians in his district didn't even get up during the Norooz event to congratulate his Persian constituency?! Why is Mr. Cardenas, who has no Persian constituency in his district showing common respect to the Persians? Perhaps Wiess shouldn't alienate and disrespect the Persians in his district...they might not vote for him next time!

For more info. on the local Iranian American community and Iranian Jewish community visit:


March 20, 2007 6:27 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

Two experts and counting.
Anyone else care to chime in? I'm sure you've all run successful campaigns, so by all means. . . .

March 20, 2007 7:58 PM  

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